The “adversity score” is no more

The “adversity score” is no more

By Dale Chu

Well that didn’t take long. Three months ago, the College Board announced with great fanfare its intent to assign an “adversity score” to gauge students’ social and economic hardships. Yesterday, the College Board changed its mind. In announcing the about face, College Board CEO David Coleman stated, “It was very important that we get away from the distraction that there was some single number we were trying to use to summarize a student’s adversity with. And so we abandoned that. It was confusing and it was not a good idea. And we really heard that.” I previously shared some of my thoughts on the matter here at Testing 1-2-3.

The original proposal had been the subject of withering scrutiny. Responses generally fell into three categories: (1) those who thought it was a bad idea, (2) those who thought it was a good first step, and (3) those who were against any form of testing. Now it’s gone, replaced with a more benign dashboard called “Landscape.”

Did the College Board make the right call? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

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